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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; Reprint edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452298296
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452298293
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“One of the establishment’s most entertaining critics.”
(�The New York Times)


“Pundit Bill Maher courts controversy you say? He calls it telling the truth.”
(�Entertainment Weekly)

About the Author


Bill Maher is the host of HBO's Real Time and hosted Comedy Central and ABC's Politically Incorrect for ten years. He has created nine stand-up comedy specials, and garnered twenty-seven Emmy nominations thus far. In 2008, Maher produced Religulous, the seventh-highest-grossing documentary in history.

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This is a very funny book.
Ron
The book contain numerous "New Rules" including some that never aired for various reasons, and longer essays that have all aired previously.
Frederick S. Goethel
The New Rules portion of "Real Time With Bill Maher" is the funniest portion of the show.
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100 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Ron Cronovich TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I pre-ordered this for my Kindle over a month ago and it was auto-delivered last night. I was only going to read a few pages before dozing off, but the book was too good to put down, I ended up reading it for hours.

This book is hysterically funny and full of insights. It consists of "new rules" he's performed on his show and others he hasn't. It also includes many of the "editorials" he does on his show at the end of "new rules." These are the longer new rules he uses to explore and comment on issues he cares deeply about - and gets us to care about, too, while making us laugh until we pee our pants.

I've sometimes been disappointed in books by my favorite comedians; just because someone knows how to use the medium of television or the stage effectively doesn't mean they can write a good book. I'm happy to tell you that's not a problem here. (At least not in the first 2/3 of the book - we'll see if Bill can close the deal). He knows how to use the written medium very effectively. If you like his show or stand-up specials, I'm pretty confident you will love this book.

One last thing: Bill has a lot of material on politics and social issues. But please be assured, you don't have to agree with his politics to love this book. Much of it is apolitical observations about the funny or ironic things in life. And when he does include political and social commentary, he makes it so funny that you'll truly "LOL" even if you have a different opinion than him.

Highly recommended. But don't take my word for it. You can read the first chapter online for free and decide for yourself.

And be sure you don't skip the preface - it's a riot!
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52 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Frederick S. Goethel VINE VOICE on November 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I got this book delivered this morning by the local delivery company after pre-ordering it a while ago. Amazon is great about getting pre-ordered books to you on the day of release and they didn't let me down this time.

I opened the book at about 11am and didn't put it down until I finished it just before dinner. I have to say I laughed out load on nearly every page, which is quite a rarity for me. Maher simply has an amazing way about him when it comes to his commentaries. He has the ability to seize the essence of a situation, find the humor and then make fun of the subject from all sides.

The book contain numerous "New Rules" including some that never aired for various reasons, and longer essays that have all aired previously. Since I don't get the network his show is on, this is a great way to catch up on his humor. Some of the common subjects he writes about are politicians, Americans and food, airlines and airplane behavior as well as a host of other varied subjects.

While some of the "Rules" are a tad dated, the book is still spot on target and very funny. Even the preface was completely funny and well worth reading. If you like political comedy, especially from someone who spares no one,then this book will be perfect for you!
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By H. Huynh on November 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is worth the purchase price. It's witty and full of laugh-out-loud moments. There is at least one laugh per page. I have never laughed so much reading a book, including joke books. Many of his commentaries are so spot on that you wish all the Powers-That-Be in Washington could be that insightful.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Loyd E. Eskildson HALL OF FAME on November 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I'm usually disappointed by books written by those known as comedians. Not so with Bill Maher. His "The New New Rules" is funny from the Foreword, in which he begins by insulting readers by declaring that those who read the Foreward of such a book are 'anal.' ('It's joke book.') Continuing he then goes into detail on why his latest book is really needed, despite the likelihood of Christians considering his writings and musings to be a plague.

So, 'Why is this book need?' Per Maher, it provides a funny diversion while the earth slowly fries and confronts us with other side-effects of Global Warming, such as droughts, flooding, wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes, etc. He also points out that since his last epistle, we have new fads to make fun of - like the masses walking around seemingly talking to themselves via Bluetooth. Then he off and punning, from page 1 - actually its page 7 by the time he gets going, pointing fun at those who tweet supposedly important stuff about themselves over ten times/day, refrigerators with Internet service that allow you to email while it orders more milk from Amazon.

An important side benefit of this book is that the material is organized alphabetically, providing readers with a free review of that topic as well. Get this on your Kindle, iPad, iPhone, Bluetooth, whatever, now! Or, if you're technically challenged like me, buy the book. Or, if you both technically challenged and cheap, read it for free at Barnes and Noble, like me.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Javier Tapia on January 31, 2012
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I enjoyed the audio book, the material comes from Bill's HBO show and needless to say is first rate. Be careful when listening while driving, laughing so hard can affect your driving.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Herbert L Calhoun on December 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
One thing this book proves is that when the obituary of the American nation is finally and inevitably written, the historical record will show that from the very beginning only the Satirists have been telling us the whole truth and nothing but the truth about the state of our nation: Mark Twain, Ambrose Bierce, Will Rogers, H.L. Mencken, Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Chris Rock, Stephen Colbert, John Stewart and now Bill Maher, have all sounded warnings in their own way, and for their own respective times.

The loudest alarm for our times (arguably one of the most troubled times of all for this young nation) can be taken from the gray pages of this book. It is here that Maher leaves his mark on American history by proving to us that he just may be the smartest and most prescient of American Satirist. His selective creations here would be funny only if these were not such serious times and only if his humor did not have such a sharp edge, one that is so deadly accurate that it cuts beyond the white meat literally to the bone.

Maher has looked deeply into the soul of the America nation and is unafraid to tell us what he sees there. And what he sees there is the same thing that we all see but are pretending not to see (and thus are afraid to acknowledge): that our "faith over facts," sexually repressed, warmongering, economically mindless, politically gridlocked, and racist nation is finally in serious trouble. And it is not of the easily "fixable kind of trouble;" but is of the systemic "virtually unfixable" kind.
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